I finally got to attend a bead show a week ago and it was AMAZING! I had such fun looking through all the wonderful pieces and meeting some of the artists I'd only previously met online! I promised I'd show you my loot, so without further ado... the pieces above are from Sue Laupp of Star Spirit Studios. As you can probably guess from my purchases, I fell in love with her raku. I also picked up several pair of copper ear wires and some really fun buttons that look like cave art.
I have Stephanie Haussler of Pixybug Designs to thank for getting me to actually GO to the show. I'm such a homebody and inertia really gets to me sometimes (LOL) but Stephanie invited me AND sent periodic reminders and I am really, really glad she did. Stephanie does beautiful beadwork and her husband, Chris, makes fantastic lampwork beads. I couldn't help myself...
I don't know which I like more - the skull with the flower or the bat. And the buttons will be featured on multi-strand necklaces, I'm thinking. It was really hard to choose a few to buy and leave all those others behind...
Rachel Pozehl of Two Dog Pond was such a nice lady. We had a nice chat and I left with a few of her soldered pendants and some ceramic hands. One can never have too many ceramic hands.
I'd wanted to meet Darcy Horn of The Jade Dog since I participated in one of her Design Challenge last fall (you can read all about that here). She was just as nice as I imagined and I left with some fun beads and clasps from her booth. I also bought some sparkly beads and some African Trade Beads from Julie's Xpressions.
Boy, this is getting kind of long, isn't it. I told you I had fun! I can't leave without showing you the lampwork set I got from Jodie Marshall!
I'm not finished with it yet, but I'm already working on a necklace with Jodie's beads.
And last, but not least, I got these cool clasps from Dan Starkey of Ayla's Originals.
See - I wasn't kidding when I said I had a really good time! Many thanks to Stephanie and to all the vendors there for putting on such a great show.
Okay, so I haven't been blogging much lately, but that doesn't mean I'm not making jewelry. As much as I hate to see summer leave, I do love fall and I've been on a kick making jewelry with a fall vibe. The first piece I made was a bracelet using traditional autumn colors: orange, brown and white.
I love this bracelet, even if these aren't the colors I usually favor. Me being me, though, I had to play with the colors a bit. I added an unexpected pop of teal to the mix and did fall colors my way.
Now this one, I love! Everything is basically the same in this second bracelet, except for the addition of the teal. I can't believe what a difference it makes and how the piece now pops!
Then I went to a bead show and picked up some pieces from Star Spirit Studio (more on the bead show later!).
I obviously adore her pieces and I couldn't wait to make something. I used one of the raku leaves to make this necklace.
How's that for a beautiful piece!? I love the colors in the leaf pendant and I wanted to accent it without overpowering it. I used a spiral pattern of knotting to make a cord and added just a few rows of seed beads in the front. Not too much color, but just enough, I think to bring out the colors in the leaf.
I've still got lots of new things from the bead show to play with, and don't worry, I have pictures to share with you. Stay tuned!
I spent some time the last few days working on necklaces. This piece started out as just a little bit of a doodle:
Then it ended up being a necklace. I rather like it - it's fun to step outside my comfort zone now and again and just play around. Let the knots fall where they will. I do have to admit to being a perfectionist at heart, though, and asymmetry is hard for me. Even the random placement of beads in my multiple strand bracelets takes effort! Yes, I have to plan out my random!
I am hard at work, though. And I am working on a CraftArtEdu.com eClass for this necklace design. It's going to be a fabulous class, so stay tuned!